Jones Eighth In USA 1,500; Six Buffs Set For Sunday's Finals
EUGENE, Ore. — University of Colorado alum Dani Jones finished eighth in Saturday's USATF Outdoor Championships women's 1,500, clocking a 4:09.86 at Hayward Field.
The top three finishers — Sinclaire Johnson (4:03.29), Cory McGee (4:04.52) and Elle St. Pierre (4:05.14) — all earned berths on the U.S. team for the August world championships, also to be contested at Hayward Field.
In the U20 competition, Colorado's Emma Pollak finished sixth in the 400 hurdles final, clocking a 1:00.46 — slightly slower than her prelim time from Friday. Akala Garrett won the event in 57.47.
Jones ran in the back of the pack early in the 1,500, then briefly closed the gap on the third lap. But she couldn't keep up the pace when the lead group broke away on the final circuit of the track and she finished eighth.
The championships will wrap up Sunday with a number of Buffs in contention for a spot on the world championships team.
Sage Hurta, who ran a personal best and a world championships qualifying standard time of 1:58.30 in Friday's 800 semifinals, will run in the event final Sunday at 2:24 p.m. (MT). The race will be televised by NBC.
The Buffs will have three representatives in the women's 3,000 steeplechase final, led by two-time Olympian Emma Coburn. Also competing will be Olympian Val Constien and Madie Boreman. The race begins at 12:15 p.m. and will be streamed on USATF.TV.
Also competing Sunday will be Abby Nichols in the women's 5,000 final (11:30 a.m.) and Eduardo Herrera in the men's 5,000 final (11:53 a.m.). Both 5,000 competitions will be streamed on USATF.TV.
The top three finishers in each race will earn a spot on the USA world championships team.
Two CU alums have already earned world championships spots.
Joe Klecker won the U.S. 10,000 championship in May to pick up a spot while Gabby Scott earned a spot on Puerto Rico's team in the 400.